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There could a new law on the international statute books. Lawyers across the globe are regulations to make ecocide a crime. Ecocide the destruction of the world's ecosystems. Lawyers to it a legally enforceable crime, much like crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide. The initiative is led by a professor from University College London (UCL) and a former judge at the International Criminal Court. It has support from several European countries, notably France and Belgium. Island nations at risk from rising sea levels, such as Vanuatu and the Maldives, have their support. A politician in the UK has for ecocide to incorporated into law.

Professor Philippe Sands of UCL about why there is a need for ecocide to made illegal. He said: "The time is right to the power of international criminal law to our global environment." He wants the law to governments and multi-national corporations accountable for the environmental damage they cause. The Stop Ecocide Foundation said: "In most cases ecocide is likely to a corporate crime." It the scale of destruction that would an ecocide law being used. It said: "It would have to mass, systematic or widespread destruction. We are probably about Amazon deforestation on a huge scale, deep sea-bottom trawling or oil spills."

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